Video: Meg Daly, the visionary behind the Underline

Meg Daly thinks great cities are defined by great public spaces, so she’s building a park.

But this isn’t your ordinary park. For starters, it spans 120 acres.

Running from Dadeland to Brickell, The Underline will transform the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, biking and jogging trail, and outdoor art gallery.

Meg, who came from a sales and marketing background, is the main visionary behind the project and she’s been advocating to get the project off the ground for the past few years. Last year the project officially broke ground.

The project is inspired by the success of other rails-to-trails projects like The Atlanta BeltLine and The 606 in Chicago. Its designers include some of the same folks behind New York City’s High Line.

The Underline will plant 4,000 native trees along its corridor and create a gathering place with recreational facilities, wellness events, outdoor gyms, dog parks, and public art.

“So there’s really something for everyone,” Meg said. “And what knits it all together is the trail and the connection to transit, so people can get there either from the neighborhood or other parts of the county.”